Friday, December 13, 2019

Gold worth Rs 5 crore seized, 2 arrested

Hyderabad: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths arrested two gold smugglers from South Korea and China who arrived in an Air India flight from Dubai at RGI Airport for trying to smuggle in 14kg gold worth Rs 5.46 crore.
Acting on specific information, DRI sleuths rummaged two seats of Air India’s flight AI 952 and recovered gold biscuits wrapped in adhesive tape and concealed inside the hollow passenger seat pipes. “The gold biscuits were placed one after another in the shape of a chain inside the adhesive tape. Tiny wires were attached to the ends of the tape to pull them out of the hollow pipes of the seat,” said a DRI official.
After recovering the gold biscuits hidden under seats 31A and 32A, DRI team intercepted the two passengers who travelled in them from Dubai. “The passengers were nationals of South Korea and China. They confessed to have concealed the gold under the seats before exiting the aircraft at Hyderabad. The gold was supposed to be picked up by other gang members later at an opportune moment,” said a DRI official. DRI sleuths recovered 112 gold biscuits weighing 14kg and arrested the duo under the Customs Act. The gold biscuits are of 24 karat purity and the value of the seized gold is Rs 5.46 crore.
13/12/19 Times of India
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